The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev have agreed to jointly explore development of mobility services with fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation.
The companies will collaborate to develop a comprehensive, modular transportation system to enable clients to book rides, and mobility operators to monitor and operate self-driving car fleets.
Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan Alliance senior vice-president of connected vehicles and mobility services, said: "As the mobility services landscape keeps evolving, we have a great opportunity to offer innovative, connected mobility solutions for the evolving needs of our customers, fully aligned with our vision of a zero-emission, zero-fatalities society.
“Partnering with Transdev allows us to share our knowledge as leaders in electric vehicles, autonomous drive and connected-car technologies with one of the largest multi-modal mobility operators worldwide.
"Together we will develop an advanced driverless mobility system that will enhance existing public and on-demand transport systems."
The research will initially include field tests in Paris-Saclay with Renault Zoes and Transdev’s on-demand dispatch, supervision and routing platform.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has been forming partnerships to accelerate the development of advanced connected-car technologies and mobility services.
These include a partnership with Microsoft to develop a single global platform that will improve the customer experience by making driving more intuitive, intelligent and fun; and a partnership with Japanese internet company DeNA to begin tests in Japan to develop driverless vehicles for commercial services.
Transdev is a pioneer in autonomous vehicle (AV) services.
The company is engaged in a series of pilot AV deployments in multiple countries and is currently operating the world’s first commercial driverless service on EDF’s campus in Civaux, France.